Expert Tips for How to Clean and Maintain Your Rattan Handbag for Longevity


When it comes to fashion accessories, rattan handbags are a timeless classic that never goes out of style. These elegant and versatile bags can add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, whether you're dressing up for a formal occasion or keeping it casual on the weekend. But like any investment piece, rattan handbags require proper care and maintenance to ensure they last for years to come. In this article, we'll share some expert tips on how to clean and maintain your rattan handbag for longevity.

Cleaning your rattan handbag

bali rattan handbags by Ganapati Crafts Co. is hold in an arm of a instagram influencer taking picture in front of the famous Floridian check in spot

Rattan is a durable material that can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear, but it's still important to clean your rattan handbag regularly to keep it looking its best. Here's how to do it:

  1. Spot-clean your rattan handbag using a soft-bristled brush or cloth and mild soap and water. Gently scrub the surface of the bag to remove any dirt or grime.
  2. For tougher stains, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
  3. If your rattan handbag gets wet, be sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Blot the bag with a clean towel to remove as much moisture as possible, and then air-dry it in a well-ventilated area.
  4. Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or submerging your bag in water, as this can damage the rattan fibers and cause them to warp or fade over time.

Drying your rattan handbag

Bali Rattan Bag from Bali Rattan Bag Collection by Ganapati Crafts

Proper drying is essential to keeping your rattan handbag in top condition. Here's what you need to know:

  1. After cleaning your rattan handbag, be sure to dry it thoroughly before storing it away. This will help prevent mold or mildew from forming.
  2. To air-dry your bag, hang it up in a well-ventilated area or lay it flat on a clean towel. Avoid using heat or direct sunlight, which can cause the rattan fibers to warp or fade.
  3. Shape your rattan handbag while it dries to maintain its original form. You can do this by stuffing the bag with tissue paper or a clean towel to help it retain its shape.

Maintaining your rattan handbag

Bali rattan handbags from Ganapati Crafts Co. is hanging on a shelf

To keep your rattan handbag looking its best, it's important to take good care of it on a regular basis. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid exposing your rattan handbag to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as this can cause the fibers to weaken and fade over time.
  2. When not in use, store your rattan handbag in a cool, dry place. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of it, as this can cause the bag to become crushed or misshapen.
  3. To refresh the appearance of your rattan handbag, you can apply a light coat of furniture polish or wax to the surface of the bag. This will help protect the rattan fibers from moisture and add a subtle shine to the finish.
  4. Inspect your rattan handbag regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as loose fibers or broken straps. If you notice any damage, have it repaired by a professional before it gets worse.


By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your rattan handbag stays in top condition for years to come. With proper cleaning, drying, and maintenance, your rattan handbag will remain a stylish and elegant accessory that you can enjoy for many seasons.

Remember: make cleaning and maintenance a regular part of your fashion routine to keep your rattan handbag looking its best for as long as possible.


Yian Chang

Owner of Ganapati Crafts Co.

Yian, a Taiwanese Floridian, operates as a handicraft vendor, offering a range of charming and unique products including felt finger puppets, nursery decor, holiday ornaments, and handwoven bags. Be sure to visit Yian's brand, Ganapati Crafts Co., to explore her creative and one-of-a-kind creations.